Top Five Programming Languages to Learn in 2015
February 13, 2015
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It's useful for students with information technology (IT) degrees to have knowledge of more than one programming language under their belt before breaking into the IT field. With the advent of big data, according to InfoWorld, server-based and database programming languages are more sought-after than ever as the industry continues to grow. Nevertheless, other languages outside of analytics processes remain in demand, and there are a few that those seeking opportunities in the IT community should know.
Developed by Sun Microsystems in the 1990s, programmers who know Java remain some of the most valuable in the industry. Java is standard for enterprise software, mobile apps, games and Web-based content. It is the sole language used on the Android operating system and works on multiple software platforms, as well. Need a program written on Mac OS to run on Windows? One of the scripts you'll need is Java.
C and C++
These are both core languages often taught in introductory college courses to those in information technology or computer programming. C is the oldest and most widely used language for programmers across several businesses and allows you to implement operating systems, create executable files and use embedded applications on every level.
Written similarly, C++ is an object-oriented language that enhances the C language, used to create application software, server applications and video games. A fundamental understanding of these programming languages provides you the tools to pick up many newer programming languages along the way.
Python and Ruby
Both of these languages are used for websites and mobile apps. Python is a server-side scripting language that is highly user-friendly and easy to learn, powering the ever-popular Instagram and Pinterest and widely used by Google, Yahoo! and NASA. Ruby is a similar language, object-oriented to power Web services like Scribd, GitHub and Groupon. Like Python, it is easy to learn and extremely user-friendly. For those who are interested in development for these types of consumer sites, these two programming languages are a necessity for 2015.
SQL, or structured query language, is a programming script for managing data in a variety of database systems. IT professionals learn SQL for its "query" function, which allows you to search through databases of all sizes. This is particularly important for big data jobs that are now changing IT recruitment, but it has also been used for a variety of functions prior to big data. Regardless of what it is used for, SQL is a highly sought-after skill for those seeking to break into the IT sector.
There's no beating around the bush — Hadoop is hard to learn. But those who master it tend to find some of the best IT career opportunities out there. InfoWorld described it as a "market-dominating" program language in terms of popularity and demand and is essential for any newly opening big data vacancy.
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